Meeting EFB challenges – reducing water loss while increasing DCA

Agenda for
5-9 September

Michael Jacobs
Global Business Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates
W. L. Gore associates introduces a new technology, GORE® Catalytic Device, which helps solve these challenges using Gore’s ePTFE technology.

Meeting the increased demand for high performance batteries while adhering to stricter regulations to reduce gas emissions is one of the biggest challenges the automotive industry faces.

Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) are currently used in traditional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles with devices for reducing emissions (e.g., start-stop system) but to further improve battery performance to satisfy increasing market requirements, water loss must be reduced, DCA must increase, and high temperature durability must improve. These challenges must be addressed while meeting OEM’s current specifications.


Michael “Mike” Jacobs joined W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) in 2000. In his current commitment, he is leading the battery segment in GORE® Automotive Vents business within Gore. Gore is a privately held company with $3.8 billion in annual revenues and has more than 11,000 Associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and China, as well as sales offices around the world.

Mike has had multiple commitments in his career at Gore. Starting in Microfiltration as a Product Specialist and taking a commitment as one of the first Marketing Leaders at Gore supporting the Filtration and Venting business in the Industrial Products division.

Outside of Gore, Mike has held leadership roles in Sales & Marketing with DuPont, as well as VP/GM roles with Arlon Silicone Technologies (now Rogers).
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) from Villanova University, a master’s degree in Business (MBA) also from Villanova and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.